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Export

Export Your Content to Another Blog or Platform

It’s your content; you can do whatever you like with it. Go to Tools -> Export in your WordPress.com dashboard to download an XML file of your blog’s content. This format, which we call WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR, will contain your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags.

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Manual export or Guided Transfer

On the export screen you’ll get a choice between exporting your content yourself or having our of our Happiness Engineers help you through a Guided Transfer.

You can export your content any time you want, completely free of charge. If you want help we’d be more than happy to handle the whole process for you for $129.00.

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Download your content

It’s probably a good idea to download all your content, but there are reasons you may want to download a partial archive. In some cases, if you will be importing your content into a new site using WordPress.org, your new hosting provider may have a file size limit on uploads. If your export file is too big, you can download a set of partial archives by using the following filters:

  • Content published within a time frame – set a Start Date and/or an End Date
  • Content authored by specific users. Use the Authors drop-down menu.
  • Posts belonging to a specific Category or Tag.
  • Only posts or only pages, using the Content Types filter.
  • Specific posts Statuses

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Note: This will ONLY export your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags; uploads and images may need to be manually transferred to the new blog. The current version of the WordPress.org installation gives you the option to import uploaded files, but the blog you are importing from must be live and serving images properly in order for it to work. So, do not delete your blog until after media files have successfully been imported into the new blog.

If you are planning to export your content to another blog platform, it’s best to manually download and save your images from your WordPress.com Media Library to  before trying to import/upload them into the new blog.

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Exporting Media from Private Sites

If your WordPress.com site is marked “Private,” your media files will not export properly. Part of the export process creates links to your media files which a WordPress.org site will use to import your media. Before you begin your export process, you will need to make your WordPress.com site public in your Dashboard under Settings > Reading in order for the media files to work properly in your new imported blog. As soon as you have completed the import into your new site and have confirmed your media has been successfully imported, you can return your WordPress.com site’s visibility setting to “Private” again.

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To learn how to export your Links (Blogroll), please see Import & Export Links.

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Backups

If your blog is hosted here at WordPress.com, we handle all necessary backups. If a very large meteor were to hit all the WordPress.com servers and destroy them beyond repair, all of your data would still be safe and we could have your blog online within a couple of days (after the meteor situation died down, of course).

But if you want to back up your blog content manually, you are free to do so by using the Tools -> Export option described above. This is certainly still a good idea, especially if you’ve assigned additional users to your blog. Editors and administrators have the ability to delete any posts or pages, and there is no way to recover material that they remove from your blog.

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Setting Up a Redirect to Your New Domain

Are you leaving WordPress.com? You can easily redirect yourblogname.wordpress.com (as well as all of your permalinks) to your new domain name with the Site Redirect upgrade.

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Blogs Using Custom Fonts

As part of the Custom Design upgrade, you are able to set custom fonts for your site title, headings, and body text. Guided Transfers are not currently available for blogs which use custom fonts. You can transfer your blog elsewhere by following these steps. Or, you can go to Appearance -> Custom Design, click the Fonts tab, and revert the fonts for each option to be eligible for a Guided Transfer. The Guided Transfer would then be accessible from Tools -> Export or the Store in your Dashboard.
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